1. DNA SAMPLING - National has said it will allow police to take DNA Samples off suspects without their permission. It
has polarised opinion. Police will need permission from a judge currently only allowed in violent crimes, now suspected
burglars as well. Political reaction is mixed.
2. PREBBLE - ACT may have been campaigning on law and order, but leader Richard Prebble ended up gettting a parking
ticket when his campaign bus was given a $40 fine. Mr Prebble also had to move his soapbox when security staff at BNZ
moved him on.
3. AMERICA'S CUP - Human error under pressure has been blamed for the mast snapping on yacht Nippon during racing in the
America's Cup series.
4. CONTRACEPTIVE - A new contraceptive is coming on to the market. The injected implant stops women becoming pregnant
for three years. It is being released this week in Britain.
5. ALIEN FROG - Scientists in Auckland are searching for an Australian banjo frog in the Auckland area. The illegal
alien is considered a threat to native wildlife.
Alastair Thompson is the co-founder of Scoop. He is of Scottish and Irish extraction and from Wellington, New Zealand. Alastair has 24 years experience in the
media, at the Dominion, National Business Review, North & South magazine, Straight Furrow newspaper and online since 1997. He is the winner of several journalism awards for business and investigative work.